Date Posted: 17/03/2017

13 March; the week at Read

The Talent Show

On Friday 3 March 2017, 30 pupils from Years 3-11 entertained a huge audience with their guitar playing, magic tricks, piano playing and singing talents.

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Rhea Chadha, Jay McHale and Isaac Stephens

There were 6 acts on show from the Prep School, and they all performed excellently. The runner-up from these pupils was Rhea Chadha from year 3. She was dressed in a beautiful long dress with her amazingly long hair seemingly reaching the floor. She sang 'My Heart Will Go On' from the film Titanic.  It was sung beautifully in pitch from the start to the end.  A well deserved runner up.  The winners, much to their surprise, were Jay McHale and Isaac Stephens doing magic tricks.  In rehearsal they were getting a little muddled, but by Friday night they had got the headmaster and Mr Gisbourne  involved and all the tricks went perfectly!

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Alice Simmons, Francesca Turton, Stephanie Burrows, Ellie Williams, Ruby Addy

In the senior school, my job was made very difficult as I had to decide if the performers could do all their prepared pieces! After much persuasion from the girls I ended up agreeing to everything.  I thought I should apologise for the late ending of the event, but it was worth every minute as anyone who attended will agree.  From Frankie and Isla in Year 9 through to Alice, Daisy, Evangeline and Amy in Year 10 and Nic, Ruby, Steph and Ellie in Year 11, the music was powerful and emotional: a testament to the dedication and energy of the students involved.

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 Judge panel Mrs Rothwell-Wood, Mr Gisbourne, Mrs Turton have their work cut out for them

There are not enough words to explain how I felt at the end of that show!
The judges, Mr Gisbourne, Mrs Rothwell-Wood and Mrs Turton, had the unenviable task of deciding who should be the runner up and winner and after much deliberation the result was that Alice was runner-up and Frankie came first.  Both girls performed their own compositions.  I would like to thank the judges for their lovely comments made throughout a very long evening.  I am sure the children will take those comments on board for their future performances.
Julie Clark

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Read v Mount St Mary's Netball U15

What a superbly matched game we had against Mount St Mary's today. We came out hard and the girls made some excellent passes in order to work the ball down the court. It was level scoring initially but Mount St Mary's took an early lead. Katie Watson and Alex Collinson had to hold it together and did a brilliant job of moving through the circle in order to receive balls from Annie Henry and Amy Lister. We were soon in the lead but it kept fluctuating and by the final quarter it could have been anyone's game. Grace Handforth, Lucy Barrick, Holly Langdale and Anya McAvoy Held strong defence and in the closing seconds we had a shot to win but missed, this was followed by Mount St Mary's shooting to win but they also missed; final score was 29-29.

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Annie Henry executing the perfect Centre pass as the Mount St Mary's player walks on sunshine!

Football U15 and U13 Hipperholme Fixtures

Saturday 11th March Football Read v Hipperholme Grammar School

U13 Read 3 - 10 Hipperholme

U15 Read 1 - 0 Hipperholme

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Although the U13 team were outplayed all across the pitch by a very skilful Hipperholme team there were a number of positives to take from the game. Dominic Walker (in Year 7) continues to grow in confidence and scored a brace of goals, his second a lovely volley from a superb cross from Tom Scholefield. Ben Abrams rounded the goal-keeper to score the first goal for Read showing composure and nice skills, Ben has really improved this season. Tom Scholefield worked really hard in the Centre Midfield position competing for everything and showing very high levels of fitness. Max Hammell was under a lot of pressure at Centre Back but stuck to the task, showed high levels of work rate and commitment and was a positive voice throughout the match, earning him the MOM award.

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The U15 match was a nervous affair with the score line remaining 0 - 0 for much of the game. Read took the lead with 15 minutes remaining after Diljit Singh threaded a lovely pass through to Spencer Smith who had run off the ball tirelessly throughout the match. Spencer took a great touch taking him past the last defender, he then finished with conviction to give Read the lead. A tense 15 minutes followed with Hipperholme failing to convert a number of chances and hitting the crossbar with the last kick of the game. Congratulations to the Read boys for closing out the game and securing a well deserved win.

Read Firsts 1: St Peters Seconds 0

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A close fought match between Read and St Peter's saw a late second half goal, allowing Read to triumph. The goal scorer was Toby Evans, who thumped the ball so hard, that though it hit the keeper it drove him back and went over the line. Man of the Match was Jackson Gray for his tireless harrying of the St Peter's defence in the centre-forward position.

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Year 7 Human Geography

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Mr Garrard took his Year 7s out in their Geography lesson for a walk through Drax village where they completed a Settlement Survey looking at different types of housing. On completion of the survey they will be plotting graphs, explaining and discussing the results. A good educational experience and a refreshing stroll in the balmy spring sun!

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Lexi and Annabel on the lookout during their housing survey

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"We need to find the church. Can any of you guys see the church?"

Old Draxonian News – Robbie Oliver  16/03/17

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Old Draxonian and former Head Boy, Robbie Oliver, now in his third year of a four year MPhys degree course at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, has had a very busy time recently.

Having been awarded an Exhibition Scholarship, based on his consistently high academic performance, he has also been very involved in both college and University rugby.

On 12 March, Robbie was part of the Oxford University Whippets XV who became the Oxfordshire Shield champions, for the first time in the team’s history,  and he scored a try in the final.  He has also won two caps for the prestigious Oxford Blues first XV, when he played in the matches against the British Army and famous Welsh team, The Crawshays. His rugby journey now takes Robbie on tour to Edinburgh next week with the University Greyhounds XV.

In recognition of these sporting achievements, Robbie was inducted into the ‘Corpus Christi Sporting Legends’, a club of which he has recently been elected President!

It's good to see Robbie is relishing his successes and making the most of his time in Oxford. Another excellent ex-Read pupil, whose continuing story is an inspiration to us all.

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